When Adam G., market manager, Market 171 in Eastern Long Island, N.Y., was growing up, his father was a big admirer of Sam Walton. So when Adam was hired to be an auditor at the Home Office right out of college, he was thrilled at the opportunity.
Soon Adam realized his ultimate goal was to become a regional vice president. And he also realized that achieving that goal would require that he spend time working in stores, where he’d really be able to directly see his work’s impact.
So Adam left his career at the Home Office—and said no to a promotion—to go to work in stores, eventually becoming a store manager.
“It’s a job where you have a lot of responsibility, but you can make a difference,” he says. “You’re helping our customers save money. You’re helping our associates be successful on a daily basis.”
Adam managed Store 5293 in Valley Stream, N.Y., one of the highest-volume Walmart stores in the nation. One of the keys to succeeding, he says, is listening to what other people have to say.